Come Discover the Karter Difference

We Have the Keys to Unlock Your Child’s Full Potential.

Imagine. Your Child Completely Immersed in Learning, Sparked by a Masterful, Experienced Teacher Who Loves Her Material.

This Can Happen Even at Early Preschool Ages. This Happens Every Day at the Karter School.

We Use The Best of Montessori + Reggio + Play Based Curriculums

The Karter School’s approach is a combination of the best parts of Montessori, Reggio, and play-based curriculums.

STEM, Performing Arts, Robotics, Painting, and a Farm to Table Program

From STEM to performing arts productions, robotics to painting, and daily outdoor activities including a Farm to Table program, your child will be guided and inspired to find his or her passions, every day.

Specialized Immersive Programs Taught By Subject Matter Experts

Many of our educators have Bachelors degrees or Masters degrees in the subject they are teaching, and they are full time employees rather than part-time or contract “enrichment” teachers. This means they are here every day with your child so they are better able to guide them towards fulfillment, confidence, and transformation.

Freedom to Follow Passion

Students at the Karter School have a diverse range of enrichment clubs/courses to choose from daily. We allow children to explore their interests and passions through these individualized clubs, and they move around the school throughout the day rather than staying in one classroom.

Comprehensive Educational Experiences

Students experience all the following realms each day: Performing Arts, Foreign Language (Spanish and Mandarin), Advanced Technology (Coding and Robotics), and Physical Education.

The Karter Difference


Happiness Guaranteed

Simply put, your happiness is our top priority, and we want you to 100% love Karter School. With our 100% Happiness Guarantee, if for any reason you are not completely thrilled with our program, let us know as soon as possible within your first 30 days from the start date and we’ll work with you to do whatever we can to make it right. If you are still not happy, we will refund a full week of your tuition back to you.

Peace of Mind At Home

With all of our health and safety features at our school. Children are taught in a safe and enriching program. 

Character Building

Each month we build on the following Pillars of Character: Honesty/Integrity, Cooperation, Kindness, Pursuit of Excellence, Fairness, Citizenship, Responsibility and Respect. We are building tomorrow’s leaders.

Performances & Public Speaking Opportunities

We encourage our students to find their own voice and provide them opportunities to showcase their talents. Performing and public speaking opportunities will grow your child’s self-confidence and build self-esteem.

A Balance of Technology & Nature-Based Learning

We believe that our students need to be prepared for the modern world, but still have the appreciation and childhood joys of being outside. Our outdoor greenhouse provides gardening opportunities, and our kids even help us bring a Farm to Table menu to our preschool for lunch and snacks!

Dynamic Hands-On Learning

Our students are constantly rotating between specialized environments, which allows students to experience the structure of a typical school day. This prepares our students for higher educational learning experiences and settings.

Joyful Learning Culture

At the Karter School, joy captures the thrill of true learning: curiosity, passion, collaboration, connection, effort, fun, and pride.

6 Weeks to 12 Months

13 Months to 24 Months

2 to 3 Years

5 Years to 12 Years

6 Weeks to 12 Months

13 Months to 24 Months

2 to 3 Years

21290 Springlake Ct
Sterling, VA 20166

South Riding

25235 Elk Lick Road,
South RIding, VA 20152